Finding balance   1 comment

I think I’m getting the hang of balancing out my exercise so I do enough to improve but not so much I exhaust myself. Also having worked out I need to do my quality runs before weights on Wednesday evening as I can’t do anything for days afterwards as it’s so hard is a miniature breakthrough.

So on to the week. Monday was track, as always. When I heard the session was to be 5 x 1200 I thought arg but it turned out to be five times (3 x 200j, 200f). Much better! Rick was back from the dogs so we ended up running together throughout due to our fasts being faster and slows being slower than everyone else. I found this quite hard but that’s to be expected as I haven’t done much (any) speed endurance stuff for ages. Promising.

On Tuesday it was off to Core & Stretch. There was some balancing this week which is good for my ankle. 

As part of my new regime Wednesday morning is now treadmill time! I know it’s wholly unfashionable to admit you like the treadmill but I do. Yes I agree for long slow stuff they would drive anyone to death by boredom but for fast stuff I love them. I have great trouble making myself continue at a certain pace on the road but on a treadmill I will. OBEY THE TREADMILL. This time I planned to run a 20 minute 5k (15kmph). Outside I haven’t even broken 21 for months and months. I’ve run a few sub 20s on the treadmill as it’s much easier as you just set the pace and then run for 20 minutes. Someone told me it’s harder to run on a treadmill but I find it much easier. I set the incline to 1% as instructed by running magazines the world over. I started off with a 10 minute warm up at easy jog pace then GO! I draped a tea towel over the screen so I couldn’t see the time elapsing and just kept going for as long as I could before I looked (12 minutes). 

Putting in the effort


The towel went on again as did I. It came off again for the last few minutes as heaven forbid I ran a second over the prescribed time! Success. A 10 minute cool down (and boy was I sweaty), a serious wipe down of the treadmill and off I went happy with my effort. I d never work anywhere near that hard outside at the moment. A few more weeks of these and perhaps I’ll try and replicate it outside. After this success I went back to the gym in the evening for the killer weights class. Toby was back to his usual self therefore the class was HARD. Good. I felt strong. Mus have been the confidence boost of the morning’s success. 

On Thursday morning there was a break from the norm as I had been invited to go to Change. gym to try out their over 50s class so I could write an article for the West Hove Directory. I’ll take a free class! Obviously I fell into the traditional trap of thinking as it’s for over 50s who are new to exercise it would be easy. Wrong. It was just a normal strength circuit training class. 90scat each station, 7 stations (x 2). Being utterly destroyed from the first proper weights class in three weeks I chose to destroy myself yet further in this class. It was taught by Martin who used to work there in the days when this was the gym I went to. He was exactly the same. Killing me off now as he did then. After all this I knew Hove Park would just be a reason to get a long run in. Luckily Rob was also only there for a jog so I wasn’t alone. Indeed Teo and Jon were at the back with me too to start with before they zoomed off. Nothing of interest to report but it added an 8 miler with more hill than I’d ever do usually.

I rested on Friday after the unexpected back to back hardcore strength sessions and the weather looked much more promising on Saturday for a long run. 

Hence on Saturday you would have found me running up and down Basin Road. The last mile of the loop was fenced off so my planned 12 miles became 10 but that was fine as it was getting too windy and long runs bore me to tears. Hopefully an 8 and a 10 miler per week is enough for someone who doesn’t intend racing over 5k?

Today (Sunday) I rested and was pleasantly surprised to see that both Cardiff and Scottish half marathons on the BBC actually showed the race rather than continuously interrupting to show runner stories and the people at the back. Plenty of time to do this after the elite races have finished which is indeed what they did today. 

Only 27 miles this week but with the extra strength stuff I didn’t want to tire myself out as I am learning to be sensible. 

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Posted 01/10/2017 by Isobel Muir in Running

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  1. I love the treadmill for the fast stuff too!!

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